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November 2011 Blog Posts (13)

Evolution versus Revolution

Years ago a sailing friend who specializes in building hydrofoils reminded a group of us that change only takes place via revolution or evolution. This was related to the development of such performance boats as high speed hydrofoil sailboats.It also applies to life. Take for instance the sudden change to a spouse left alone by his or her mate's untimely death. Suddenly decisions have to be made which may cause major change; selling a house, moving in with other family members, getting a…

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Added by Marlene A. Sassaman on November 30, 2011 at 8:45pm — No Comments

When all else fails....

Reading the Yanmar Diesel Manual was overwhelming at first. I scanned each page of it a few months back as I transitioned it into a looseleaf notebook. Important pages, like what type of oil to use and the maintenance checklist were put in a plastic sleeve. During my daily boat check on Monday I was too tired to take on any real tasks, like sanding the eyebrow the protects the gps in the cockpit, I slithered below to sit at the galley table. After gazing out the stern castle window, which…

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Added by Marlene A. Sassaman on November 30, 2011 at 8:08am — No Comments

Alternator/battery ???????/

Here comes another lesson to learn about diesels. Maybe I should keep a log of each thing I learn....well that's another blog entry. For now my concern is that the last two times, about a week apart, that I started up my Danny Diesel, 2 gm yanmar she made that grinding kind of sound that makes you say, "Come on baby, you can start!" Someone told me yesterday that a diesel should start up right away. So, do I check the battery, the alternator, or what?????

I had a guy look at my wiring…

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Added by Marlene A. Sassaman on November 23, 2011 at 8:32pm — No Comments

Making sailors our of friends,,,,,,,,

Several times in the past month I read this statement. Not sure where or who wrote it, but I wish I would remember it and quit wasting time. It goes something like this:

 

           It is easier to make friends with sailors than to make friends into sailors.

 

Added by Marlene A. Sassaman on November 17, 2011 at 7:27am — No Comments

GAM at Eau Gallie

This week-ends' GAM sponsored by the 7 Seas Cruising Association had a mediocre attendance. The two GAMS I attended during the past 4 or 5 years had many more attendees, vendors and speakers/seminars. Guess everyone's budgets are low. Or, perhaps, it's just the same old thing.

 On the one hand cruising, with all its technological/electronic gadgets, has made sailing safer. Perhaps, for some it has lost its appeal.  Certainly the median age is within the realm of being considered…

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Added by Marlene A. Sassaman on November 12, 2011 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Outrig.com

After  an encouraing phone conference with Jim Brown, designer and author, I am compelled to suggest you take the time to visit his website:

outrig.com

 

 

Added by Marlene A. Sassaman on November 8, 2011 at 11:25pm — No Comments

blogs, in general....

i find  many folks who write are  just that--WRITERS. i amnot that..i used to be , but time and  disabilities have   created  in me a  rather unique typo-ing  style.  folks complain about not being able to read my words--ok.  so i dont share many of  my  personal memories except as pictures.  …

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Added by zeehag on November 4, 2011 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

An Epic Encounter

It isn't every day two pioneers in the multihull faction have dinner together. So it was last Monday when Jim Brown on the left and Sam Bradfield had the opportunity to swap stories of their involvement over the past 50 years. Jim gets kudos from his Searunner line of trimarans while Sam boasts advances in the world of…

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Added by Marlene A. Sassaman on November 4, 2011 at 4:19am — No Comments

Rudder Grundgeons: found sizes we needed!

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Product Number  Product Description  Hole…
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Added by Sherry on November 2, 2011 at 8:24pm — No Comments

Always count on N.O.A.A..













The boat gets hauled out!















Overnight



Mostly Clear

Mostly

Clear

Lo 63 °F
Wednesday



Sunny

Sunny



Hi 78 °F…
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Added by Sherry on November 1, 2011 at 10:08pm — No Comments

longer version of summer sailing, with some extra stuff

21 June 2011,


Summer Sailing Trip, Mobile Bay Alabama to Port St. Joseph Florida.


We Set sail Tuesday morning destined for Port St. Joe.  This is our first over night sailing trip.  Forecast is for good winds and calm seas.  We have a nice sail out of the bay, heading south till we can clear the Mobile ship channel.  We head east staying about 3-5 miles of shore, we are sailing on a beam reach winds out of the south.  It’s a fantastic sail, I head below to…
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Added by Barry on November 1, 2011 at 9:48pm — 1 Comment

Trying to get the vessel organised and bottom job complete

Local news is giving a forcast of another s*^&*)&  end of week/ weekend ?; we got to get this boat organised / fixed and out of the water to do the bottom job!

Got to find the problem so I may inform you all on the status. Everyone has given such great advise and the weather might be getting in the way of completing the task of updating you all with expedience.

Added by Sherry on November 1, 2011 at 4:02pm — No Comments

Tomorrow is here.

Tomorrow is here; I have my food diary ready to carry with me and the reality of how attached I have become to my many possessions. For the cirumnavigation and certainly for my life after I can't take sailboards, snowboards, murals, paintings, life size pictures, flower vases, office furniture, my custom cherry wood bedroom suite, faux suede big chair, total gym, weights, recumbent bicycle, beach cruiser, dolls, and oh dear I can't leave my 62 year old Teddy Bear . . .

Whew, this is…

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Added by Marlene A. Sassaman on November 1, 2011 at 6:38am — No Comments

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